Organizational Charts & Biographies

Director, Public Affairs - Kate Ripley

Kate Ripley
Phone: 907.450.8100 Fax: 907.450-8101

Public Affairs
University of Alaska
Suite 206 Butrovich Building
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775

Ripley came to the university as public affairs director in November 2004. Prior to that, she had 15 years of professional experience in daily journalism, writing, editing and public relations.

Kate is responsible for UA’s statewide communications, media relations, marketing and publications. She oversees UA’s award-winning statewide advertising campaign, which received a national Best of Show award from the 23rd Annual Admissions Advertising Awards for 2008. The campaign won gold and silver medals in the 2007 CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) national competition.

As a journalist, she was a recipient of the national Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism (Annie E. Casey Foundation/University of Maryland College of Journalism) for a three-part newspaper series on daycare and working families.

Ripley was born and raised in Juneau and is an eighth generation Alaskan of Russian and Aleut heritage. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Montana and a master's degree in Northern Studies at UAF. She is married to UAF journalism professor Brian O’Donoghue. They have two sons, Rory and Robin, and a daughter, Rachel.